The Davis Bookstore Project

Boston Globe Davis Bookstore Article

In 2010, I organized a community group in Davis Square to increase interest in bringing a bookstore to our neighborhood. Around 20 residents worked to do research, flesh out a business plan, and otherwise make it easier for a potential bookstore starter to take the leap and open a bookstore in our neighborhood. We received coverage from The Boston Globe, Shelf World, Wicked Local Somerville, and several other local publications.

Now more than ever, Davis Square is a great place to start a business. We have an increasingly active local business association, a new non-profit promoting local independent businesses, and a business-friendly city government. While our project is no longer active, our research and ideas remain, and I hope will be helpful to those considering such a business:

Although Somerville has gained a used book store (The Book Shop, in Ball Square) and continues to be served by new-books seller Porter Square Books, the increasing amount of students and urban professionals living here, and Davis Square’s status as Somerville’s commercial center means that a bookstore could do well here.

  • If you or someone you know are interested in starting a bookstore, I’m happy to help if I can. You can reach me by email at: Jay [@at@] WhatToDoBoston [.dot.] com 
  • If you haven’t already, take a look at my Boston blog for news and thoughts on other local happenings.
  • I’d like to give a special thanks to several of the volunteers that helped with the project: